Aakash 2 is finally launched and news is good all around especially for students. Pranab Mukherjee yesterday unveiled the ultra-low cost tablet at function in New Delhi. The updated version of Aakash, comes with a decent specs and extremely low price.
Aakash 2 has a decent 1 GHz processor, 512 mb RAM, a 7 inch capacitive touch screen and an upgraded battery that offers over 3 hours of normal usage of tablet. Aakash 2 runs on the latest Android 4.0 operating system, and has a front-facing VGA camera and built in Wi-Fi connectivity among other things.
Priced at Rs. 1130, this ultra-cheap device has come in reach of nearly every student in India. The real cost of this tablet is Rs. 2263. however, Government of India has subsidized it by 50% for Indian students.
Aakash has been in midst of lot of controversy since the time it launched way back in 2010. Many critics had cast their doubts on this initiative and had called it a complete mess. We had exclusively carried an official MHRD clarification on Aakash Tablet earlier this year.
The Aakash 2 device has been developed under the Aegis of IIT Mumbai and were supported by C-DAC in Pune. The manufacturing of Aakash 2 was done by Datawind, the same contractor who produced first version of Aakash as well.
According to Datawind CEO, initially 1 lakh Aakash 2 tablets will be provided to students of Engineering colleges and subsequently will be provided to other students as well.
However, for more eager ones who want to get their hands of Aakash 2, can go for commercial version which is available on Datawind’s site for Rs. 3500/-.
We are trying to get our hands on Aakash 2 for review purposes, so if we do manage to do that, we will surely put up a video review of this much talked about device.
[Note: t\The picture above is of Aakash 1, we will update it as soon as we get pictures of Aakash II]